Year 6 (PGY6)

During earlier years of the program, residents are expected to have identified a research mentor and developed a proposal for a 12-month research project in basic or clinical neurosurgical science that is pursued during the PGY-6 year. The Department sponsors an interdisciplinary research and publishing course that includes research design, basic biostatistics, and grant writing. Residents take advantage of the large research administrative office in preparing and submitting their research proposals for outside funding. Most residents apply for and receive competitive NRSA training grants or Neurosurgical Research Foundation (NREF) grants for this component of training. There is no specific requirement that residents obtain independent funding for their work, and the Department assumes responsibility for the resident’s salary if such funding is not available. The Department has many basic neuroscientists to oversee research, but residents may work with any neuroscientist in residence at UCSF or with clinical neurosurgical faculty who maintain active scientific interests, as approved by the program director and chair. PGY-6 residents are expected to function as independent investigators within the limits determined by their backgrounds and aptitudes. Under the direct supervision of their research mentors, the residents are expected to acquire facility in the research process and scientific methods of investigation, bring a clearly defined scientific project to completion, and gain experience in medical writing and publishing as well as presenting data at neurosurgical meetings. During this year, residents are required to take the ABNS written exam for credit. Based on federal guidelines, residents with NRSA training grants have no clinical duties. Similar guidelines are applied to all residents in this year of training. Occasional requests to cover chief residents for vacation or other needs are granted by the program director.

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